A marriage ceremony does not constitute a legal marriage in Thailand. For a marriage to be legal in Thailand, the couple has to register their marriage with the local provincial government. The documents required for marriage registration between a Thai and foreign couple is different than for a Thai couple. There is no minimum waiting period for a marriage in Thailand so the foreigner can travel to Thailand to complete the marriage process within a few days.
Marriages are registered through the local Ampur with jurisdiction over the Thai national. Here are the requirements for marriage registration:
- Written consent from the parents, if either of the marrying couple is under 20 years old
- Original government issued documents of the termination
- Affirmation of freedom to marry for foreigners
- Identification Card and House Registration for Thai nationals
A Thai national is not required to submit an affidavit of the ability to marry because the Thai national’s marriage history is already recorded. Most foreign nationals can obtain the documents at their local consulate. The document must be executed at the consulate, translated into Thai, and then legalized.
For foreigners, they can go to their respective embassy and sign an affidavit.
All non-Thai documents need to be translated into Thai and submitted with copies. A marriage registered in Thailand is generally legally binding throughout the world.
To avoid complicating the process which may delay the process for many days, you may hire a law firm in Thailand to assist you with registering your marriage. This will allow you to go to your honeymoon without unnecessary delay.